Street Construction Closures

U.S. 31 work

Improvements related to the new Athens High School and Athens Bible School have started on U.S. 31. The work to be done includes:

  • Installing a traffic signal at the entrance to the new schools;
  • Making crossover improvements on U.S. 31 (southbound right-turn lane and northbound left-turn lane at the new Athens high driveway); and
  • Improving Pryor Street at Golden Eagle Drive, and U.S. 31 at Alabama 251.

Contractors will advise the city about a start date for the work so the public will receive notification. Contractors plan to work after 8:30 a.m. to reduce the impact on school traffic. Currently, crews continue work in the median of in front of the new Athens High School. They will have the inside northbound lane shut down. The inside southbound lane will be shut down as needed. When not working in the median, crew will work on the new southbound right turn lane to the new high school.
The new signal on U.S. 31 at the two schools will be turned on Nov. 12. The signal will operate in flash mode until Nov. 21 (tentatively). The date the signal changes to full operational mode will be decided Nov. 12. 

Rogers Street

Rogers Street will be closed from Pryor Street to McClellan Street beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, for the next four weeks.  The Wastewater Department is installing a new sewer line.

Downtown Renovations for pedestrian safety and better handicap accessibility

Contractors are finishing up the courthouse corner of Market and Marion.
Go TAP Project for Downtown Athens page for detailed information.

Local paving projects this season

May 10 through the paving season - Local paving projects will begin on Old Decatur Road from Brookhill Drive to East Sanderfer Road. Paving will continue in this order as weather permits and pending no unforeseen street issues:
  • Lucas Street, Whitson Street, Rodgers Street, Townsend Street, 14th Street, Sandifer Street, Batts Street.
  • Ridgelawn Drive, Arbor Drive and connecting streets in Vineyard 1, Monterrey Drive and connecting streets in Vineyard 1.
  • Diamond Point Drive and connecting streets, Piney Creek Drive from Longview Drive to Medinah Lane, Winged Foot from Shinnecock Hills Drive to Piney Creek Drive.
  • Madison Street from Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue, Houston Street from Fifth Avenue to Elm Street, Seventh Avenue, Eighth Avenue, Ninth Avenue and 10th Avenue all from Jefferson Street to North Malone Street, Bryan Street from Houston Street to CSX railroad.
  • Kingswood Drive, Gordon Drive, Buchanan Street, Christopher Drive, Florence Drive, Pinedale Street, Virginia Drive.
  • Lisa Lane, Stephens Avenue, Redbud Street, Woodbury Street (once Wastewater Dept. cuts have settled later this year).

Street closures due to events

These events have received permits:
  • Nov. 8 - Athens High Pep Rally on The Square for playoff game. Marion Street by the Courthouse will be blocked from 2-4 p.m.
  • Nov. 16-18 - Christmas Open House in Downtown Athens. Marion Street between Washington and Market streets closed. 
  • Nov. 17 - Athens Bicentennial Bash on The Square along with Christmas Open House. Marion Street and possibly the intersections will be blocked all day.
  • Nov. 17 - 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. - Cowart 5K race - From Cowart, down Bullington, east on W. Hobbs, north on Hine, east on Market, south on Marion, west on Washington, north on Bullington back to Cowart.

ATRIP, TAP and other projects that will impact streets (estimated start dates)

The City of Athens coordinates with the Alabama Department of Transportation on these projects, and the dates are subject to change
  • Forrest Street bridges and resurfacing – Anticipate work to start January 2019 and take 13 to 14 months.
  • Alabama 251 roundabout – Wait until Forrest St bridges done. (State project)
  • Courthouse Square – Work underway. Finishing up some areas on the Courthouse side. Will stop and return after holiday shopping season once weather factors are permissible. 
  • U.S. 31/Pryor Street Sidewalk – In the design pha